Iconic Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez insists he has never considered leaving the Camp Nou, despite being aware of interest in his signature from Premier League sides Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Xavi has spent the entirety of his illustrious career with Barcelona, having honed his skills in the club's famed La Masia academy, and his 704 appearances in all competitions is the most made by any player for the Catalan giants.
Given his supreme talents, there has always been interest from clubs outside Barcelona, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all having hoped to acquire his services at different stages.
Xavi has seen the like of of Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique cut their teeth at the Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford respectively, before abandoning the Gunners and Red Devils in order to return to the Camp Nou. The allure of Barcelona for Catalan players is clear, and Xavi claims the club will remain his one and only.
"There was always talk United, or Chelsea or City and Arsenal wanted to sign me but never anything concrete," Xavi told The Sun.
"My thinking was always clear. I am such a Barcelona fan, so my first, second and third option is always Barca.
"I never thought of leaving like Cesc Fabregas who went to Arsenal.
“I want to be here for ever. If I am not at Barcelona, I will always be thinking of Barca.
"If I had played for City, United, Arsenal or Chelsea, I’d keep asking what is going on at Barca — my club.
"All the big English clubs knew getting Xavi is impossible. They knew Xavi is a fan of Barcelona, he won’t come."
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